With over 500 billion cups of coffee served globally every year, our morning start to the day has a big effect on deforestation and climate change.
Coffee is derived from plants that require a special climate to thrive in, so slight changes in temperature can threaten crops. Buying coffee locally can help cut down on transportation emissions, so look for local roasters like Share coffee.
Drink coffee at home: Use reusable coffee filters or opt for a manual coffee grinder or French press to save energy.
Bring your own coffee cup if you purchase coffee on the go. Some stores (like Starbucks) offer a discount if you use a reusable mug!
If you use pods or K-cups, recycle them through programs like Grounds to Grow on.
Look for fair trade and organic certifications to further ensure your coffee is being sourced responsibly.
It takes a lot of energy to cook your food – think about how long it takes to boil a pot of water. Energy efficient appliances help reduce environmental impact, but there are even more ways to cut down on energy use.
Choose the smallest pan that’ll get the job done, minimizing the amount of heat needed to cook your food. Also use flat bottom pans whenever you can, and try to keep them covered.
Instead of switching off the stove once the food is done, consider turning off the heat partway through.
Use only as much water as needed when boiling in a pot – every extra drop takes more energy to heat.
If possible, put food in the oven as soon as you start preheating. Keep the oven door closed – it’s worth it to keep the glass clean so you can check on your food without opening the oven and releasing heat.
Heating food in a microwave as opposed to the stove or oven can reduce energy usage as much as 80% (same goes for using a toaster oven to heat smaller foods rather than the oven).